A gift from the heart
Soon after his diagnosis, Rod, then 78, began receiving treatments to fight the cancer. “I couldn’t imagine going through what Rod went through,” shares Maryjane, “but he never complained. Rod received great care—and we were both grateful for the six additional years we had together.”
Rod passed away in 2013 after spending the last two years of his life receiving hospice care. During that time, the couple began making a monthly contribution to Gundersen’s Hospice Fund. “We felt so close to the staff,” recalls Maryjane, “and we wanted to recognize the wonderful work they were doing.”
Maryjane continues to send a monthly gift in honor of her late husband and, she explains, to recognize the support she has received even after his death. Recently, Maryjane also named Gundersen Medical Foundation and the Hospice Fund in her will, along with other charitable organizations that are close to her heart.